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5 Best Islands near Boracay

Most popular Island-Hopping Destinations from Boracay

The best islands near Boracay offer you the opportunity to enjoy exciting island-hopping day trips in the West Visayas region, in the central area of the Philippines. The fact is that this country is a gigantic archipelago with no less than 7,641 islands! You generally do not have to cover a long distance at sea to find a new exciting land to explore.

The most popular island-hopping destinations from Boracay strike just the right balance between natural getaways and man-made attractions. Whatever their size, all of them offer great activities including snorkelling, scuba diving, cliff diving or simply trekking and cave exploration. You’ll certainly find one island nearby you’d like to visit for the day while on vacation in Boracay Island.
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Crystal Cove Island
Crystal Cove Island

Also known as Laurel Island or Tiguatian Island, Crystal Cove is a private island lying 1 km off the southeast coast of Boracay. It takes roughly 10 minutes to get to this small paradise by motor boat from Tambisaan Pier. Crystal Cove Island covers an area of 2.5 hectares dedicated to leisure activities that include trekking and cave exploration, sunbathing and snorkelling, pigeon feeding and sea kayaking and more. The complex features all the infrastructure necessary for an exhilarating day, including a cool bar and restaurant serving local and international favourites.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 08:00 – 17:00
  • Location: 1 km off Boracay’s southeast coast
  • Tel: +63 (0)36 272 27 09 or +63 918 911 81 34
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Crocodile Island
Crocodile Island

Crocodile Island is a mere 500 metres away from Tambisaan Bay, on the southeast coast of Boracay Island. This tiny island owes its name to its shape, which makes it resemble to a large saurian reptile floating on the crystal-clear waters of the bay. Reputed as one of the most beautiful snorkelling and scuba diving spots in the Philippines, Crocodile Island features an impressive array of marine life. From outstanding collections of coral to schools of fish to nudibranchs, the shallow waters around the island offer a fairy-like underwater show.

  • Location: 500 metres off the southeast coast of Boracay
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Panay Island
Panay Island

Panay is practically continent-sized compared to Boracay Island. Covering a total land area of 12,011 km2 (Boracay is a mere 11 km2), Panay is divided into four provinces and is the landing point of all visitors to Boracay thanks to its two airports: Kalibo and Caticlan. Panay Island is a popular day trip destination from Boracay, particularly Ariel’s Point, an eco-friendly seaside resort on the northwest coast, which offers exciting activities from cliff diving to sea kayaking and more.

  • Location: 600 metres south of Boracay
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Magic Island
Magic Island

Located just south of Crystal Cove Island, Magic Island is a great place if you want to thrill yourself by trying cliff diving. You’ll find five platforms here, respectively installed at 3, 5, 8, 9 and 10 metres above the turquoise waters of the Visayan Sea. A local team ensures that everything runs smoothly around the platforms, and makes sure that jumpers get back safely to the shore. Other points of interest on Magic Island include a bar and restaurant, as well as snorkelling and sea kayaking equipment. You can get there by joining a day trip or simply hiring a boat on any beach in Boracay.

  • Location: 600 metres south of Boracay
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Carabao Island
Carabao Island

Lying about 8 km north of Boracay, Carabao Island still retains most of its pristine nature, as the island is not yet overdeveloped. Featuring two main beaches - Lanas to the west and San Jose to the east - Carabao offers an extremely pleasant getaway from the throngs in the middle of the high season in Boracay. Boracay’s diving centres and other companies running day trips by speedboat allow you to discover this quaint island, at which you can stay several days if you so wish, as Carabao has a few accommodation options.

  • Location: 8 km north of Boracay
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